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A 36-year-old member asked:

Why are heart attacks in women misdiagnosed?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Not sure: Women tend to present with atypical symptoms, present later, and have chest pains with normal coronaries. ? If its a hormonally related issu or that women have smaller vessels. Women tend to have more vasospasm as well. Broken heart syndrome also occurs much more often in women.They tend to have more rheumatologic issues that involve the heart. Clearly heart disease in women is not same as men.
Dr. Tim McDonough
Cardiology 48 years experience
Many reasons: Women can have different symptoms, interpret or describe them differently, or fail to seek attention promptly because they don't think they can have a heart attack. See american heart assoc web site, "heart attack symptoms in women".

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A 55-year-old member asked:

What are the signs for women about heart attacks?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Short of breath: Shortness of breath is a common heart attack symptom in women and should be investigated. Chest pain/pressure is also a symptom along with discomfort radiating to the arms, neck or back. If these symptoms are exertional there is a high correlation with coronary heart disease. Of note: patients with diabetes may not have symptoms at all (silent ischemia).
A 47-year-old member asked:

Symptoms of heart attacks in women? Do they differ in males?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes they can differ : If its a question then get evaluated.
A 31-year-old female asked:

What is the symtoms for heart attacks or strokes before they happen? For women?

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Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 21 years experience
Different symptoms: May have more typical chest pressure, radiation of symptoms into neck, shoulder, arm. Or may just have shortness of breath, or unexplained upper abdominal pain. Stroke symptoms would be one sided weakness, sensation change, or speech changes.

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